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The Thing (From Another World) (1951)


Written by Tim Dirks

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The Thing (From Another World) (1951)

In director Christian Nyby's (and producer Howard Hughes) science-fiction thriller (remade by John Carpenter as The Thing (1982)):

  • the scene of the discovery of the alien frozen in ice in the Arctic
  • The Thing's (James Arness, later famed for the TV western Gunsmoke) scary thawing and appearance after its ice-block encasement melted
  • the scene of setting the Thing ablaze with kerosene
  • the tense sequence in which Bob's (Dewey Martin) geiger counter revealed the monster was coming closer and closer - and was seen behind a closed doorway
  • the startling moment when the team opened the door -- and shockingly, The Thing was right on the other side of the door, and they managed to slam the door on its claw
  • the Thing's final elimination with electrocution
  • and the final warning/bulletin radioed by reporter Ned Scott (Douglas Spencer) from the North Pole: "...Watch the skies, everywhere! Keep looking, keep watching the skies!"


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